Parents looking to save money by making sure their child’s vaccinations are up to date have a sweet incentive if they act quickly.
Garland ISD is offering a free ice cream voucher to rising seventh graders who receive their immunizations between Monday, March 7 and Friday, March 11 at the Garland Health Department or the GISD Enrollment Center Clinic.
All students entering seventh grade are required by the state to be current on their meningitis vaccine and tetanus booster before the start of the fall semester. Some students who qualify can receive the injections free of charge at the GISD enrollment center clinic.
At the registration clinic, appointments are required, but walk-ins are welcome at the health department.
Additionally, parents can save money on required meningitis, tetanus, and human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccines, up to $185 and $424, respectively, by participating in the District Immunization Program. . They can also skip the long lines in the summer when parents can scramble to get their kids vaccinated on time.
“This initiative is very important,” said Zela Daniel, GISD Health Outreach Coordinator. “It combines three important vaccines: the Tdap booster, the first dose of meningitis and HPV.”
The last Tdap vaccine is given to children when they are 4 or 5 years old, Daniel said, and the CDC recommends a booster when children turn 11. She added that meningitis infections can cause serious harm, even if treated, and adolescents are most at risk. .
“HPV is the only vaccine that prevents cancer in both women and men,” Daniel said. “The HPV vaccine can prevent more than 90% of cancers caused by HPV.”
For parents unable to make it to the clinic this week, weekly appointments are available at the GISD Registration Center Clinic every Wednesday. They can call (972) 494-8538 to schedule an appointment.
For more information, visit garlandisd.net/programs-services/health-services/vaccinations.